Monday, October 04, 2010

Nisga'a treaty the subject of a court challenge today

An ancestral Nisga'a chief is seeking to have the Nisga'a treaty overturned and today marks his first day in court towards that goal.

Chief James Robinson is scheduled to make his case in B. C Supreme Court later today,  outlining that he believes the treaty which created the Nisga'a Lisims government is against the Canadian Constitution.

Among some of the items he may present to the Court today could be his thoughts  on the form of government within the Nisga'a Lisims set up and his belief that the Canadian Constitution should not be put in second place to their deliberations.

The Nisga'a final agreement, which has been described as the first modern treaty between Governments and British Columbia's First Nations, came into effect on May 11, 2000, a process that took over twenty five years of negotiations to bring to a conclusion with a much heralded signing ceremony in 1998.

The CBC Digital archives provides an informative look back at the early days of those negotiations and the start of the path that would lead to ratification twenty years later.

The ten year anniversary of that signing was commemorated in May of this year, with a range of views expressed on the success of the treaty thus far and the impact that it has had on the Nisga'a nation.

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